Monday, February 27, 2012

How Do We Eliminate Pill Confusion?

According research conducted by the Society of General Internal Medicine 41% of seniors reported taking 5 or more prescription medications.

A pink pill, a round pill, a blue one, a purple one, one that is oval, one that is square.  These medications come in a plethora of shapes, sizes and colors that even a trained professional - let alone the chronically ill patient - can find confusing.

Medication non-adherence is a severe challenge. As cited in a Bloomberg Businessweek article:
  • Nearly 3 in 4 Americans don't always take medication as directed
  • More than 1 in 3 hospital admission are medication-related 
  • ~125,000 premature deaths are attributed to medication non-adherence
  • This is an extra cost of ~$290 billion per year to patients, insurers and government health programs
Confusion is a significant factor in non-adherence.
Pill Confusion

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